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Application Information

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences welcomes applications to its graduate program from students with a keen interest in advancing knowledge in the Earth Sciences. The goal of our graduate program is to provide students with the critical and analytical skills and technical expertise to conduct independent and creative research. While many of our students will find successful careers in the Earth sciences, our mission is to develop broad-minded individuals with a sense of purpose, who can be leaders in any career of their choice.

Faculty Advisors

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact individual faculty in the Department Earth and Environmental Sciences who share their research interests. See the list of current faculty on our website. See also Research.


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Rackham Graduate School

Graduate students in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences are students in the Rackham Graduate School. Explore Rackham's website.

PhD Program

The Department provides financial support (tuition and stipend) to all students admitted to our PhD program. Students may opt to earn an embedded MS degree while pursuing a PhD. 

Students holding a BS degree may apply directly to the PhD program. 

MS Program

The Department offers a two-year Masters program with full financial support.

For University of Michigan undergraduate students who are currently pursuing an Earth and Environmental Sciences major, we also offer a fifth-year MS program.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online. Prospective graduate students should follow the instructions on the Rackham Graduate School Admissions web site



Applications for Fall admission are due January 7.

A completed application form must be submitted on the ApplyWeb website by midnight on January 7. All other required items must be submitted by midnight on January 7, including all three letters of recommendation and TOEFL scores.

Applications that fail to meet this deadline will not be considered for Fall Term admission.


Application Codes

PhD in Earth and Environmental Sciences: 02043

MS in Earth and Environmental Sciences: 02044


Statement of Purpose 

Applicants should clearly state their research goals for graduate school in their Statement of Purpose. Your statement should highlight your research experience, such as lab work, publications, and conference presentations.


Letters of Recommendation

Three (3) letters of recommendation in support of the student's application must be submitted. These letters should ordinarily be from professors at the student's last degree-granting institution. Recommenders must complete their recommendations online. When the applicant registers the recommenders' names in ApplyWeb, an email is automatically sent with a link to enter the recommendation online. Applicants should check the status of their recommendations on the ApplyWeb website status page.


Transcripts and GPA

Upload with the Application:  Scanned or electronic copies of official transcripts must be uploaded with your application online. If your university only provides electronic transcripts, you may need to print a copy and scan it, then upload the scan with your application.

In addition to your official transcript from the university where you received/will receive your BS or MS degree, please upload copies of any other academic transcripts related to courses transferred for credit, if applicable.

Your uploaded transcript is sufficient for our faculty to review your application. 

GPA: All applicants are required to submit a self-reported GPA. If you attended a university outside the U.S. you should use the link on Rackham's website to convert your GPA to the U.S. system.

Submitting Official Transcripts:  If you are recommended for admission, you will receive an email from the Rackham Graduate School Admissions Office requesting that you sumbit your official transcript. See the Instructions for Submitting Transcripts on Rackham's website. Send the Academic Records/Transcript Submission Form with your official transcript so that it is quickly connected to your application. Be sure to include your University of Michigan ID number. See also Required Academic Credentials from Non-U.S. Institutions on Rackham's website.



The GRE Graduate Record Exam is not required for admission to our graduate program.

TOEFL and IELTS:  The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)  is required of all non-native speakers. The University of Michigan requires a minimum TOEFL score for admission: 84 for the Internet Based TOEFL. The IELTS test can be submitted instead of the TOEFL. Please refer to the Rackham Admissions website for required English test minimum scores.  

The University of Michigan code for the TOEFL is 1839. (The department code is not necessary, since TOEFL scores are automatically added to applicant records as long as name and birth date can be matched.)

Applicants must request that their scores be sent to the University of Michigan using the code above. The scores will be downloaded to the University's database and automatically included in the application. Requests can be made on the TOEFL web site. Official downloaded TOEFL scores are required. Photocopies are not accepted. The applicant is expected to make his/her own arrangements to pay for this examinations and to see that the results are sent.

See the Rackham Admissions Test Page for more information about English tests.


Application Checklist

Submit online or upload to ApplyWeb:

  • Application
  • Recommender names and email addresses
  • Transcript (scanned copy of official transcripts) and Self-Reported GPA
  • Statement of Purpose — include your research goals for graduate school
  • Personal Statement
  • Résumé or CV

Send to Rackham Graduate School Admissions Office:  Official transcripts only if you are admitted.

Do not mail anything to the Department office!
Anything sent to the office will not be reviewed with your application. 


How to Check your Application Status

You can check your application status on the University of Michigan Wolverine Access web site. Create a "friend account" on Wolverine Access and follow these directions.



If you or your recommender needs technical assistance regarding the application or recommendation systems please email ApplyWeb at Include the following information: user name, full name, email address, and phone number. ApplyWeb typically responds within 24 hours.

To contact the Earth and Environmental Sciences Graduate Admissions Office: email